Canadian Plastics

Nanocomposites close to full commercialization

The automotive market will see the first successful uses of parts made from nanocomposites this year, according to a report issued by the market research firm, Bins & Associates. The report says other...

October 1, 2000   Canadian Plastics



The automotive market will see the first successful uses of parts made from nanocomposites this year, according to a report issued by the market research firm, Bins & Associates. The report says other markets will soon follow.

Nanocomposites are polymers that contain molecularly dispersed inorganic compounds which allow the manufacture of lighter, thinner, stiffer plastic parts at higher rates and lower costs. Unlike conventionally-filled plastics, which lose impact strength with increasing filler levels, nanocomposites retain their impact strength.

The report is based on interviews with university researchers and nearly 200 polymer scientists and engineers at more than 100 companies. It analyzes emerging applications and productivity-enhancing banefits for molders, extruders and OEMs.

New laser for micro-machining

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A new compact diode-pumped solid state laser developed by the NRC’s Integrated Manufacturing Technologies Institute in London, Ont. is capable of precision, depth-controlled micro-machining. The technology, which has received a U.S. patent, is receiving interest from the electronics industry for micro-machining of ceramics. The process also has application in the machining of sculptured surfaces, surface finishing and texturing.


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